Bill Frieder to CBS: Bo Schembechler didn't fully back hoops, otherwise 'I'd still be at Michigan'
On Friday, he offered some pretty strong feelings to CBSsports.com's Jeff Goodman.
And he wasn't exactly complimentary of former Michigan football coaching icon Bo Schembechler.
Frieder, the architect of Michigan's 1989 national championship team, was famously dismissed by Schembechler -- then the school's athletic director -- on the eve of the NCAA tournament after it was announced he intended to leave the school for Arizona State at year's end.
He went as far as saying that had he known Schembechler would be leaving Michigan for a job with the Detroit Tigers the following year, he'd have never left.
"When Schembechler became the athletic director, he gave me no indication he would be behind basketball the way I needed him to be behind it," Frieder told CBS. "Arizona State had been recruiting me and my wife and I looked at each other and said, 'Let's take a shot.'
"If I'd have known he was going to leave, I'd still be at Michigan."
Nine months after Michigan captured the 1989 crown, under then interim coach Steve Fisher, Schembechler left the university to take over as president of the Detroit Tigers.
Frieder, meanwhile, went 132-108 in eight seasons at Arizona State.
In an interview with MLive.com last month, Frieder explained how "disgusted" he was with the way Michigan ran things through the 2000s, and explained how former athletic director Tom Goss' firing of Fisher in 1997 was "ridiculous."
"I was very disgusted through the 2000s with the way that they did things," he said. "(Former athletic director) Tom Goss firing Steve Fisher was ridiculous, as were his comments and what he did to hurt the program."
As far as Schembechler goes, Frieder may have harbored ill feelings toward Michigan's legendary football coach -- but his best player sure didn't.
Former Michigan star Glen Rice, still the program's all-time leading scorer, still points to Schembechler's inspirational pre-tournament speech as a rallying point for the '89 title squad.
"We were at a low point," Rice said last week. "But the strangest thing happened, Bo Schembechler came into (the locker room) and talked to us.
"He looked at each and every one of us and said 'guys, you're Michigan men, you're on a Michigan team, we're going to go out there and do this the Michigan way, and you're going to win.' "
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